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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
CEDAR RAPIDS - Stabbing victim Katrina Brinson and Arnell States - the man suspected of stabbing her - were involved in a domestic disturbance the day before Brinson died.
According to Cedar Rapids police, officers were called just after 5 a.m. Feb. 19 to 1531 Washington Ave. SE for a domestic disturbance.
Court documents show Brinson and States each listed that address as their residence in the past 12 months. Their Facebook profiles say the two were married.
Police arrested Brinson, 34, and States, 39, on a domestic abuse charge.
Police said Brinson accused States of strangling her for about five seconds, and investigators noted scratches on Brinson's neck. States said it was self-defense because Brinson was trying to scratch his face, police said.
Police said officers were unable to determine the primary aggressor or who initiated the altercation. Both individuals had injuries and were arguing, and both were taken to the Linn County Jail.
They each were released after about four hours, the Sheriff's Office said, after the Linn County Attorney's Office declined to file charges.
The following morning, just before 2 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Rodeway Inn, 4011 16th Ave. SW, where they found Brinson and another woman had been stabbed.
Brinson died at a hospital. The other woman, who authorities have not identified but said is 34, was treated and released, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
When police arrived at the motel, Brinson and the other woman directed an officer to a man - later identified as States - running from the building.
The officer pursued the man and fired shots during an encounter. States died Tuesday at a hospital.
Investigators have not yet identified the Cedar Rapids police officer involved in the shooting.
The officer, whose name will be released after he is interviewed by DCI agents, remains on paid leave in accordance with departmental policies, investigators said.
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